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Turkey: International groups condemn broadcast regulator role in punishing critical reporting ahead of elections

The International Press Institute (IPI) and 20 press freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations call on Turkey’s broadcast regulator (RTÜK) to immediately stop fining broadcasters for their critical reporting. Journalists and broadcasters must be allowed to do their jobs of informing the public over critical issues and holding the government to account.  Instead […]

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Turkey Trial Blog: ANKA Editor-in-Chief faces trial for what used to be considered standard reporting

On February 21, 2023, a representative of the International Press Institute (IPI) attended and monitored the trial of journalist Mansur Çelik at the Ankara 14th High Criminal Court as part of IPI’s Turkey trial monitoring programme. Alongside IPI, Çelik’s trial was also attended by representatives from the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), Association of Journalists […]

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Turkey Trial Blog: Journalists face prison sentence for reporting on illegal construction

IPI monitored the eighth hearing of the trial in which Vedat Arık, Olcay Büyüktaş, Hazal Ocak and İpek Özbey face charges of “identifying state officials on anti-terror duties as targets” and “violation of privacy” that was held in the Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court on April 5, 2023. The evidence for the above charges was […]

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Turkey: Broadcast regulator again fines news channels over critical content

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, journalists, and media executives for press freedom, condemns the latest decision by Turkey’s broadcast regulator to fine several broadcasters over their critical reporting. Turkish authorities must not suppress the media, especially as the country approaches the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14.  “This […]

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